Center for Health Policy and Law (CHPL)

Director: Wendy Parmet, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law

The Center for Health Policy and Law provides a rich context for students and researchers interested in public health law, health and human rights, health governance, health care financing, drug law, intellectual property, bioethics, health care delivery law and the regulation of our health care systems. It is guided by faculty with diverse areas of expertise and is affiliated with an array of university-wide institutes, programs and experiential learning opportunities. In addition to offering a broad curriculum in health and public health law, the center sponsors conferences, lectures, colloquia, the Health Law Student Association and workshops that introduce students to career opportunities in the growing field of health law and policy.

Students benefit from the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. With opportunities extended by more than 1,000  employers, all JD students are guaranteed three full-time work experiences. For those students interested in careers in health law, there are opportunities to spend co-ops working with NGOs, law firms, government offices and companies that specialize in health-related fields.

Students in the JD program are offered two outstanding dual-degree MPH program options: with Tufts University School of Medicine as well as Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences. The School of Law and Bouvé share a number of faculty appointments in both health care and law, providing students with an integrated approach to both teaching and experiential opportunities.

In recognition of the law school’s leadership in this field, U.S. News and World Report ranks Northeastern No. 9 for health care law.

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Last Updated on November 14, 2023